Officer cadets at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst during Sovereign's Parade
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How Many World Leaders Passed Through British Military Institutions?

Research by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) included a number of UK military institutions in the figures.

Officer cadets at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst during Sovereign's Parade

Several world leaders have passed through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Picture: PA).

The latest higher education report has found 15 of the 59 current world leaders who studied in the UK came through a British military institution.

Research by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) included a number of UK military institutions in the figures, with eight of the leaders having passed through Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The list includes heads of state and government who travelled abroad for higher education.

Alumni from Mons Officer Cadet School, Joint Command and Staff College, the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine and the Army Mechanical Transport School also featured.

According to HEPI, the United States tops the list for having taught the most current foreign leaders with a total of 62.

Sandhurst building

Nick Hillman, HEPI director and report co-author, called the report "a badge of honour" for Sandhurst and other military educators: "It's a fabulous gold star for UK military training.

"Not many institutions can tell this story."

The HEPI report also examined the levels of "soft power" different nations hold internationally - in other words, how a nation uses its cultural stance in international relations.

Learning and training in the UK can lead to immediately "warmer" experiences in political encounters, according to Mr Hillman.

During training at Sandhurst, Officer Cadets operate under the academy motto 'Serve to lead'.

Mr Hillman said he is "not surprised" that the tough training offered in the UK military provides so many with skills required in political and state leadership.

He said:

"This training brings about a high level of organisational ability, people skills and a commitment to public service.

"It enables people to be unflappable when going from crisis to crisis, which helps in leadership."

Where world leaders were educated (Picture: HEPI).

Skills in the English language and a historic global presence were also said to play huge roles in diplomatic relations.

"We realised when gathering the data how different the headline would be for the UK if the military were not accounted for," Mr Hillman said.

"They are pulling the UK away from France in third place and closer to the US."